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The Prototyping Blog

the prototyping blog

So You Need A Prototype?

Posted by Molly Skiba on Feb 6, 2017

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Topics: Upfront Engineering, Marketing, Plastic Prototype, Plastics Manufacturing, Molded Plastic Prototype, Plastic Prototyping, Injection molding, project management,

One Mold With Multiple Designs Can Speed Plastic Prototype Process For Manufacturers

Posted by Matt Sweeney on Apr 17, 2015

When developing a plastic part, the prototyping stage of product development is crucial to the success of a project. However, this stage of development is oftentimes rushed and / or underfunded. Prior to a product’s launch, plastic prototype parts can be used for marketing & communications, engineering studies, market studies/promotions, and evaluate product manufacturability and assembly characteristics. Regardless of the prototypes intended use, it is central to the communication between product marketing, engineering, and manufacturing.

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Topics: Build Timing, Upfront Engineering, Plastics Manufacturing, Plastic Prototyping

3 Reasons Why a Cheap Prototype Is A Bad Prototype

Posted by Matt Sweeney on Dec 19, 2014

It is not uncommon for manufacturers to source cost conscious prototype development options overseas or through a fast prototyping service. The challenge with these choices is that they may not provide the level of quality to ensure successful end-use production. Working closely with a design engineer that keeps manufacturing intent in mind, and with the appropriate in-house resources to make necessary alterations, will provide a faster time to market turnaround and meet production demands.

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Topics: prototype design, rapid prototype, Design Intent, Upfront Engineering

Need a Tweak? 3 Reasons Not To Worry About Prototype Mold Design Changes

Posted by Matt Sweeney on Nov 21, 2014

Prototype design and development is conducted with the expectation that tweaks may need to be made following the sampling process. In most cases when a prototype tweak is needed, you find yourself waiting weeks for the next round of testing and all you may be waiting for is a .005” tweak to a boss diameter or a new material sample. Experienced prototype design experts will take probable changes into consideration when developing an efficient process. Here are three other reasons why prototype tweaks should not affect the timing of your part production.

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Topics: prototype design, Design Intent, Prototype Design Changes, Build Timing, Upfront Engineering